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By Zedd Salem
Apple’s iPhones are undoubtedly some of the best smartphones out there. From responsive performance to compelling hardware designs, you can never go wrong with this line of smartphones. Apple has been releasing a new generation of iPhones every year and has thus created an extensive line of phones that it can often be confusing to decide which model is right for you.
Every new generation often comes jampacked with some awesome new features and, as such, are availed to us at higher prices. With wildly different specs at different prices, there’s plenty of variety, which means there’s definitely something for you. But which one should you choose? Should you go for an older model or jump on the latest release? This article will help you decide whether a previous-generation Apple smartphone is right for you by highlight the pros and cons of some of the notable models released in the past.
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The iPhone 11 was released in 2019 and, as expected, is more versatile and faster than its predecessors, the XR. One of the best decisions Apple made in its release of this generation was returning to its old numbering system, thereby easing the confusion. Its design is a lot similar to other iPhones released since the X. However, it comes with some upgraded features such as the A13 Bionic processor and two rear 12-mp cameras. Other features include 4K video capability and better battery life. The device feels premium in the hands as mentioned by reviewers on YouTube. This phone will likely remain a top-performing model for years to come, given its functional and advanced features.
This phone is right for you if:
- You are looking for a recently released model without the premium price tag.
- You are accident-prone and thus are in need of a phone that can survive a minor drop and is water-resistant.
Apple released a new model of the SE in 2020. It’s slightly bigger than the original model. It is low-cost and thus will appeal to people on a tight budget. It runs on the A13 Bionic processor, just like the 11, and so you can expect top-notch performance. It has only one rear camera. However, it employs the A13’s Neural Engine for higher-quality and more detailed images. Unfortunately, it’s not the best camera phone if you are into low-light photography as it lacks Apple’s Night mode.
This is the phone for you if:
- You have deity hands and thus are in need of a phone that is easy to grasp (Its compact size is one of its major selling points).
- You are on a budget.
The X generation of iPhones was defined by a new design and a change in the naming system. It was the first phone in this generation, and it was released in 2017 and it was more impressive than the previous iterations as it offered both high-end hardware and affordability. It features a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED display with HDR10 certifications and an A11 Bionic processor, which might not be as impressive as the 11’s A13 processor, but it still offers excellent performance. It also comes with Face ID for unlocking, water resistance, and a premium glass and aluminum design. The iPhone X price starts from $569 AUD at Phonebot. And the phone is a bargain at this price.
The iPhone X is perfect for you if:
- You need a phone that offers you value for your money (It’s arguably the best budget iPhone).
iPhone 7 and 8
While they were released at different times, the iPhone 7 and 8 have a lot in common. They both feature an awesome single-lens camera and an LCD screen that, despite not being too big, is perfect for watching movies. It introduced a wireless charging feature. It also still has a home button, unlike more recent models. If you have a 7, it’s probably not necessary to upgrade to the 8, as you will probably not notice much of a difference. It would likely benefit you more to jump to a more recent version, like the XR.
These models are perfect for you if:
- You are a heavy phone user and are in need of a device with great battery life.
- You crave a screen that will let you watch videos comfortably.
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The release of the iPhone 6 marked a new tradition for Apple as the release of new iPhone models every year became commonplace. Unlike its predecessors, the iPhone 6 came with a bigger display screen with sharper contrast and more vivid colors. The iPhone 6 plus was even bigger than the regular model, and thus it was slightly heavier.
This phone is right for you if:
- You are on a budget but still want to purchase a reasonably-screened iPhone.
- You don’t care about Apple’s latest thrills.
iPhone 5 and below
The earlier models of iPhones still offer some great features. The major downfall of this generation of iPhones is that they are prone to slow down over time. These models are probably not worth buying since, as expected, they are implemented with less advanced technology. But if you are simply looking to join the iPhone team but lack the finances to purchase a more recent model, then you can consider getting yourself an earlier model.
The bottom line, each generation offers something unique that is worth considering. Indeed, the more recently released versions are more technically advanced. But that doesn’t mean they are necessarily perfect for you. Therefore, if you wish to purchase a quality smartphone, don’t jump on the latest release automatically. Instead, sit down and do your research, considering the aspects you value most from a phone. In the end, you might find a previous generation model that offers you the value of an iPhone without having to break your bank.
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Cupertino-based tech giant Apple has filed a patent about working on flexible batteries which may ultimately be used in foldable iPhones and iPads.
It revealed that Apple is looking at different ways to fit battery cells in unusual shapes, such as cylinders, by making the batteries capable of bending and flexing, PhoneArena reported on Tuesday.
“In addition to taking up space, the batteries are also often quite rigid, often making placement of the batteries in portions of a device designed to bend impractical. For this reason, it would be desirable to have a flexible or semi-flexible battery for use with a portable electronic device,” notes the patent documentation.
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Rumours of a foldable iPhone have popped up on numerous occasions over the past few years. Apple has also filed for patents for a flexible display with touch sensors and portions that open and close like a book, as well as a flexible iPhone that could be folded in half and grip a person’s clothes.
According to the consumer survey, more than a third of Apple customers showed interest in paying as much as $600 extra for a foldable iPhone.
Earlier in 2018, the iPhone-maker had secured a patent for foldable phone that focussed on a flexible hinge and the use of a fabric for its housing. (IANS)
Taiwan-based electronics contract manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd or Foxconn has reportedly said that the production of the 5G iPhones is likely to start on schedule for the fall launch of the new handsets.
Foxconn had to close its factories for a month due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but has already resumed normal operations, reports GSMArena. The upcoming iPhone 12 is rumoured to have new colour and screen size options, as well as 5G support.
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According to Alex Yang, investor relations chief at Foxconn, the company is working with Apple’s engineers to make up for lost time.
However, he cautioned that “if there is a further delay in the next few weeks, months, then you probably have to reconsider launching time. It is still possible”.
The introduction of 5G iPhones later this year would serve as a catalyst that can accelerate Apple iPhone growth in the financial year 2021, a Morgan Stanley report said recently.
The Cupertino- based tech giant is rumored to introduce four high-end iPhone 12 models with notched OLED displays and 5G support in the fall, including a 5.4-inch model, two 6.1-inch models, and a 6.7-inch model.
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Additionally, some or all of the models are expected to gain a LiDAR scanner for augmented reality. (IANS)
Riding on strong demand for iPhone 11 and other models, Apple logged a massive over 55 per cent growth in iPhone shipments for the India market in January and February this year compared to the same period in 2019, a new report said on Friday.
There was no impact on supply issues owing to of new coronavirus in the first two months on Apple shipment in India and industry experts are still assessing the full impact.
“Apple iPhone shipments in India grew over 55 per cent in the first two months of 2020. Will need to assess March and beyond for full impact of coronavirus,” Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group (IIG), CMR, told IANS.
Apple iPhone 11 and XR continued to contribute the most to the iPhone shipments in the first two months of 2020. The Cupertino-based iPhone maker has seen a dramatic shift in its fortunes in India since mid-2019, with increased ‘Make in India’ manufacturing giving the impetus required for iPhones.
“Apart from increased local manufacturing, Apple found favour with customers, with its prudent pricing and refined channel strategies. In 2019, Apple’s shipments grew 17 per cent (year-on-year), on the back of the successful iPhone 11, and the iPhone XR,” Ram informed. Apple is taking nascent steps in India market, specifically looking at not just its attractive domestic market but rather as an export hub, shipping iPhones to other markets, including Europe.
To recall, Apple supplier Wistron assembled low-end iPhone SE (now discontinued) and is now assembling iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 at its Bengaluru facility. The highest-selling iPhone XR is now being manufactured at Apple supplier Foxconn’s facility in Sriperumbudur, Chennai. For the calendar year 2019, Apple’s India shipments grew by a healthy 17 per cent. Local manufacturing, prudent pricing and refined go-to-market strategies helped Apple attain market success.
Meanwhile, the uber-premium smartphone segment (Rs 1 lakh and above) in India grew 23 per cent (year-on-year) in 2019 and Apple which actually created the uber-premium segment in India, contributed 85 per cent of the shipments with iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.
Given that the smartphone is an extension of one”s lifestyle, today”s affluent consumers, and mostly early tech adopters, are seeking the latest and the best. “For instance, Apple iPhone loyalists have embraced the latest iPhone 11 Pro Max,” Ram noted.
Thrust on manufacturing high-end iPhones locally along with the first-ever flagship retail store would give Apple a booster in the price-sensitive smartphone market in 2020. (IANS)